If you’ve been following me for a while then you might remember my Message In A Bottle Memory Jar I created last year. Since we’re nearing the end of 2013 I thought it would be only fitting to give you an update on how ours worked out! We’re going to be traveling and with family on New Year’s Eve so we decided to read ours on Christmas instead.
Both Josh and I committed a pretty even amount of memories to our bottle and although we would sometimes forget about it, it became a good reminder to appreciate all of the moments we have, big or small. We took turns reading them out loud and I definitely got teared up on a few. I can’t wait to put together a photo book with some of these memories in it to commemorate such a wonderful year.
Now for the technical part.. As I stated in my tutorial last year, you can pour them out or break the bottle. We ended up going with the latter since we had a bit of difficultly fishing some out. I poured out the sand and shells first, wrapped the bottle in a thick paper bag, and gave the neck of the bottle a good thud with a hammer. The shattering glass was satisfying and almost celebratory feeling, so I definitely recommend it! Just remember to be safe handling the bottle! A glass shard in your hand is not a good way to end the year!
If you’re not too keen on breaking a bottle open you can also create a memory jar using a large canning jar like I did here. Either route you go, I think you’ll find that it’s a wonderful tradition to start. 🙂
I hope you all have a safe and happy New Year!